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In the days since Republicans in the House of Representatives forced a government shutdown by refusing to fund the federal government unless Democrats agreed to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act, the GOP has struggled to find a convincing way to defend their actions to a skeptical public. Although Party leadership has made a concerted effort to shift the blame for the crisis to President Obama and the Democrats, rank-and-file House members have repeatedly undermined those attempts with statements on the shutdown that range from bizarre to downright offensive.
Here are five of the worst statements that House Republicans have made about the government shutdown that they caused:
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